Meeting new international standards in health & safety
13th December 2018
News item updated to include:
Lerwick Port Authority has achieved a new standard in Occupational Health and Safety within nine months of it being introduced, making it one of the first British ports to be accredited.
Developed by the International Organisation for Standardisation, ISO 45001:2018 is the first global health and safety management system. The Port Authority has been certified by the British Standards Institution (BSI).
Anne Scorey, UK Managing Director at BSI, said: “Lerwick Port Authority should be delighted that they have achieved this in the same year the new standard was published, which is testament to the commitment of the entire team.”
The Port Authority’s Health, Safety, Environment & Quality (HSEQ) Manager, Stuart Wadley, said: “Accreditation to ISO 45001 in under nine months demonstrates our commitment to health and safety in the workplace to our customers and stakeholders and that we are meeting the requirements of our port users, particularly within the offshore oil and gas industry.
“It complements the recent matching standards achieved by Peterson, a leading energy logistics company with major operations at Lerwick, at a time when both of us are further developing involvement in the decommissioning market.”
He added: “The certification places the Authority in the leading position of holding not just the new standard, but also 9001:2015 and 14001:2015 for quality and environmental standards.”
It puts occupational health and safety at the heart of the Authority’s business process, assisting with hazard identification and risk management, facilitates continual improvement, exposes the business to external audit and improves senior management and Board oversight.
Anne Scorey, explained: “Achieving certification to the new international health and safety standard will bring huge benefits to organisations. It will help businesses to provide a safe and healthy workplace for employees and stakeholders, reduce work-related injury and ill-health, as well as enhance organisational resilience.”
The new standard replaces OHSAS 18001:2007.